When society pages splashed in July that Alejandro Santo Domingo, a dashing South American billionaire, was to marry Lady Charlotte Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington's daughter, a small part died in the hearts of many of the fairest in the land, as the fairy tales might say.
Mr Santo Domingo, 38, is the handsome public face of his family's Colombian brewing fortune. A regular fixture in lists of the world's best-dressed and most eligible men, this week the Harvard-educated financier also emerged as kingmaker to Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover bid for SABMiller.
For decades, the Santo Domingos were led by Alejandro's father, Julio, an urbane polyglot and astute dealmaker who built up a Colombian conglomerate that at its peak accounted for 4 per cent of national output.
His sale in 2005 of brewer Bavaria to SABMiller, a masterstroke, made the family SABMiller's second-largest shareholder, with a 14 per cent stake and two board seats. Today, having multiplied the family's wealth sevenfold to more than $14bn, that stake also makes the Santo Domingos the key to AB InBev's £65bn bid for the London-listed brewer.